On Jan. 15, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its 2020
inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on
employers for violations of numerous federal laws, including:
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA);
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA);
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and
The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act).
To maintain their punitive effect, the DOL adjusts these
penalty amounts for inflation, no later than Jan. 15 of each year. Notable increases include the following:
The maximum penalty for violations of federal minimum wage or
overtime requirements increases from $2,014 to $2,050 per
The maximum penalty for failing to file a Form 5500 for an
employee benefit plan increases from $2,194 to $2,233 per day.
The maximum penalty for violations of the poster requirement
under the FMLA increases from $173 to $176 per each offense.
Employers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new penalty amounts and review their pay practices, benefit plan administration and safety
protocols to ensure compliance with federal requirements.